Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah Adjei, says government is relentless on its quest to industrialize the country leveraging the nation’s abundant natural resources to create sustainable jobs and wealth.

Addressing local manufacturers and producers at the ninth Made in Ghana Awards last Friday in Accra, she said that government will continue to partner with local manufacturers on the path to industrialization.

“Government will continue to work with the private sector to ensure that we expand our production base and produce quality Made in Ghana products and I entreat local producers to play their part in our quest to make this country the manufacturing hub of West Africa,” she said.

She added: “This approach is to whip up local production and consumption whilst internally optimizing the needed domestic investments to complement the inflow of foreign direct investments to grow the Ghanaian economy.”

The deputy minister further made a strong call for increased patronage and consumption of locally-made products and services in the interest of job creation and retention.

“Patronizing Made in Ghana products and services is considered the best way to support national development and the transformation of local industries as it helps to create and retain valuable jobs,” she emphasized.

According to her, government recognizes the varying difficulties that are facing local producers for which reason it is working assiduously on bridging the logistical gaps which will ensure that manufacturers are able to ship their products freely onto the single African market.

Ms. Asiamah Adjei said local producers have been able to overcome previous challenges with finishing and packaging of their products and were now producing well-packaged products that meet international standards.

“This is a positive development and hopefully, we can do more to enhance the output of locally-made products. With the provision of packaging and logistical support, local producers will be able to take full advantage of the benefits of the AfCFTA,” she further indicated.

The awards event was held on the theme “Ghana beyond imports” to emphasize the need for Ghanaians to prioritize the consumption and patronage of locally-made products and services to underpin economic growth.

This year’s edition unveiled some top-25 locally-made and celebrated iconic products and services across all sectors of the economy—which is a campaign to highlight and expose Ghanaian brands that have exhibited excellence in manufacturing practices and standards in the country.

Premier Health Insurance was awarded Iconic Health Insurance Brand of the year. Other winners were: JRA Cosmetics Ltd., Iconic Cosmetics Brand; Central Furniture Works, Iconic Wood Furniture Brand; Taabea Herbal Mixture, Iconic Herbal Mixture Brand; and Polyfer Blood Syrup, Iconic Pharmaceutical Product of the Decade.

Chief Executive Officer of JRA Cosmetics, Jane Reason Ahadzie was adjudged the Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 whilst the Managing Director of GCB Bank Plc., John Kofi Adomakoh was named Outstanding MD of the Year 2021. The Omanhene of Assin Owirenkyi Traditional Area, Ehunabobrim Prah Agyensaim VI was honoured with the Outstanding Personality of the Decade award.

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